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Murmel, Murmel, Murmel

Murmel, Murmel, Murmel

Written by Robert Munsch.

Illustrated by Michael Martchenko.

Published by Annick Press, 1982.

Murmel Murmel Murmel was very strange because it started up with the words “Murmel Murmel Murmel”, which I thought of while I was washing my face one morning. It was a really funny word and I thought it would work well in a story, so I started searching around for the right story. Well, what I came up with was the book.

Murmel is actually about adoption. I made it up just as we were adopting our first son, Andrew. The little girl in the book, Robin, was a next door neighbor who was also adopted. That’s why I used her in the story. And the truck driver at the end who gets the baby is actually me, because just then I was adopting a baby.

I liked the idea of a man getting a baby, because just after we adopted Andrew I was staying home with him, but nobody would believe that I was actually staying at home and taking care of a baby. They would say “Oh no, you are actually working on your writing. We know men don’t stay home and take care of babies.” That’s why I wanted the truck driver to get the baby at the end of the book.

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